Achieving the Community-Authored Plan
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A community plan written by the citizens is a notion that resonates with the core of what many believe local planning is all about. The vast majority of planning processes involve some level of community outreach in the form of seeking input on the important issues, visioning, and reviewing recommendations prior to adoption and implementation. But what about the task of actually writing the plan?
This session explores case studies where citizens were invited to actively participate in the drafting of plan recommendations. It highlights important considerations when designing such a process, including management of meeting logistics to ensure optimal outcomes; types of information to be developed; and expertise within the community that can provide appropriate insight. It also describes how planning professionals used the resulting material as the foundation for plans, and identifies pitfalls that can compromise the value of such outreach, potentially leading to frustration or distrust.
You’ll learn about:
- How to identify if and how residents can be brought into this step of the process
- How this specific type of engagement fits into a larger public outreach program
- Key considerations related to the design of this approach to ensure resulting materials are easily integrated into final product
- Facilitating the process; ensuring the plan is technically sound and locally appropriate
, City of Flint
Confirmed SpeakerKevin Schronce is the Lead Planner at the City of Flint. Over the past 4 years, Kevin has been immensely involved with the development of the Imagine Flint master plan, Flint’s first comprehensive plan since 1960. He’s been instrumental in the civic engagement and public outreach portions of the planning process and has directed multiple local data collection & mini-grant programs for the City. Kevin now oversees master plan implementation in his role directing the City’s Planning & Zoning Division. In addition to coordinating all long-range planning projects, he oversees the City’s Parks and Recreation, city streetlight, Choice Neighborhood's planning, and data/GIS functions. Kevin is a Michigan native and attended school at Michigan State University, earning a degree in Urban and Regional Planning.
, Village of Oak Park
, Oak Park
Confirmed SpeakerCraig M. Failor, AICP, LEED AP, ENV SP Village Planner Department of Development Customer Services Village of Oak Park, Illinois Manages all Planning, Historic Preservation, and Zoning functions. Professional Experience: City of Belvidere and Boone County, Illinois; Planning, Zoning and Building Department - Planner / Zoning Enforcement 1989 to 1991. Village of Lombard, Illinois; Department of Community Development -Planner 1991 to 1997 Village of Barrington, Illinois; Department of Building and Planning - Senior Planner 1997 to 2001; Assistant Director of Planning 2002 Education: Bachelors of Science in Community and Regional Planning: Iowa State University AICP Certification 1999 LEED Accreditation 2008 Envision Sustainable Professional Credential 2013
, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Confirmed SpeakerDevin is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates with special expertise in urban design, land use and site planning, illustration and development visualization, web development and geographic information systems. Devin is recognized as a leader in the planning profession for his illustrations, graphics and for his ability to communicate planning and development concepts clearly and concisely. Devin’s contribution to his firm’s graphics and plans has helped distinguish Houseal Lavigne’s body of work and garnered national attention and recognition. Devin has managed, directed, authored, and contributed to numerous plans throughout the country, and has received multiple awards for these efforts. Devin is an adjunct lecturer at the University of Illinois, where he teaches an urban design studio. Devin is also a SketchUp Visiting Professional (VPP) – one of twenty recognized experts available to lecture about the use of SketchUp. Devin received his Bachelor’ degree from the School of Urban and Regional Planning at Ryerson Polytechnic University in Toronto, Ontario. Prior to cofounding Houseal Lavigne Associates, Devin was the Senior Planning Manager for URS Corporation and Trkla, Pettigrew, Allen and Payne (TPAP).
, Houseal Lavigne Associates
Confirmed SpeakerJohn is a Principal and Cofounder of Houseal Lavigne Associates and has established himself as one of the nation's top urban planning professionals, recognized as a leader in planning innovation, community engagement, and contemporary development practices. John has directed planning, outreach, urban design, economic development, and zoning related assignments for communities across the country. His leadership, innovation, and effective approach to implementation helped to garner his firm the 2014 APA Excellence Award for an Emerging Planning and Design Firm. John received a Bachelor’s degree in environmental sciences from the University of Michigan and a Master’s degree in environmental and urban planning from Arizona State University. John has been a featured nationally as a speaker on issues related to innovation, urban planning, zoning, design, visual communication, transportation, context sensitive design, and environmental issues.